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State Senator Joe Boncore has endorsed Lydia Edwards for District 1 City Council. Both were formerly candidates in the 2016 race for State Senator where Boncore prevailed. Shown here are Boncore and Edwards in a North End debate. (NEWF Image)

State Senator Joe Boncore endorsed Lydia Edwards on Tuesday for the District 1 City Council to represent East Boston, the North End, and Charlestown in the seat being vacated by Sal LaMattina. Boncore said the following in his endorsement,

“With wholehearted enthusiasm, I endorse Lydia Edwards’ candidacy for Boston City Council, representing East Boston, the North End and Charlestown. I first met Lydia during my 2016 special election for the First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate District.  During the race we developed a mutual respect for each other’s campaigns and work.  Though we were opponents, Lydia’s work ethic and enthusiasm convinced me she was running for all the right reasons.”

“Following the election, Lydia and I continued our mutual work on behalf of the City of Boston.  As the Deputy Director for Boston’s Office of Housing Stability, Lydia worked with me on the Joint Committee on Housing to draft and enact legislation providing housing assistance and relief for residents and small property owners across the city.”

“Lydia’s resume is impressive. She is an accomplished lawyer who left the private sector to fight for working families at Greater Boston Legal Services. Whether spearheading legislation or helping to start a soup kitchen, Lydia is effective in getting real results for the day to day Bostonian.”

“With a deep understanding of the needs of our neighborhoods, Lydia will lead our communities and together will build a long term vision dedicated to service.  She is a true public servant who will continue to listen and learn beyond her campaign.  I can think of no better person to represent the real concerns of the citizens of the East Boston, the North End, and Charlestown.”

The race to fill Sal LaMattina’s District 1 seat is between two East Bostoners, Lydia Edwards and Margaret Farmer, and one North Ender, Stephen Passacantilli. The primary election between the three candidates will take place on September 26th, and the general election will be on November 7th between the two remaining candidates.

More on District 1 City Council race.

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